780 West End Avenue

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780 West End Avenue, New York City, NY

780 West End Avenue
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Building Information
Developer Johnson-Kahn
Architect Edward & George Blum
Management Company Midboro Management
Number of Units 61
Number of Floors 13
Year Built 1912
Construction Method Steel
Type of Roof Tar and Gravel
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780 West End Avenue, New York City, NY
Distance to Public Transit Two blocks
Region New York City
Municipality New York City
Zoning R8B
Title of Land Condominium


Contents

Background

Stepping into 780 West End Avenue will take residents back to a bygone era

780 West End Avenue was completed in 1912. Despite just celebrating its one hundredth birthday, it remains as opulent today as the day it opened. Located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, this address is close to the renowned shopping offered on Broadway while still being close to Riverside Park.

This building was converted into condominiums in 1988. The building itself maintains its old world charm and residents will feel as if they have been transported back in time to a bygone era. 780 West End Avenue is an example of the many buildings in New York City that have stood the test of time.

A stroll down any street in New York City will reveal amazing architectural history. Just be wary about then buildings you do approach. New York City recently revised Local Law 11 in response to the alarming amount of facade collapse that were occurring as a direct result of its aging architecture.

New York City prides itself on its ability to reinvent itself time after time. 780 West End Avenue is a prime example since this building that just celebrated its centennial birthday, is still a modern condominium building offering all the modern trappings found in our 21st century society. However the biggest convenience is this building's location, with all the conveniences of restaurants, shopping and services on Broadway just one block to the east. [1]

Location

In New York City there is a large precedence placed on a building's location. Fortunately, 780 West End Avenue delivers in this regard by being close to both the urban oasis that is Riverside Park and the shopping mecca of Broadway.

For those wanting to live the quintessential New York City lifestyle, there is no other place to be than Manhattan. It is a fast paced urban environment oozing with culture. Those that live here love it. Those that visit want to live here.

The Upper West Side became popular around the turn of the 20th century. The completion of New York City's subway system allowed easy access to the area. Also, electricity to the area allowed buildings to have faster elevators. The area's proximity to Central Park and many other New York City landmarks solidified the Upper West Side as a desirable neighborhood to live in.

For the convenience of transportation, this location cannot be beat. The 96th Street subway station sits just around the corner along with the reliable 96th Street crosstown bus. At this location residents are certainly not confined to their homes. Actually it is quite the opposite, making 780 West End Avenue an ideal location for a New Yorker who is always on the move.[2]

Construction

New York City as it looked when 780 West End Avenue opened in 1912

Built in 1912, 780 West End Avenue predates most of New York City's most famous landmarks. However, this building stands out due to its attractive white brick facade. Somewhat of a rarity in the City Of New York.

Also highlighting the white brick is the use of terracotta throughout. Giving the building a look of classic elegance. This building has 61 units over 13 floors with unit sizes ranging from one to four bedrooms.

The architects, Edward and George Blum, studied architecture and design in France at the Ecole Beaux-Arts. The charming entrance from 98th Street invites you to enter the period-correct lobby that has leaded glass windows.

This building also features a perforated roof line and curved private balconies. [3]

Layout and Features

Units at 780 West End Avenue feature open kitchens, marble and granite counter tops and renovated bathrooms. [4]

Floor Plans

780 West End Avenue units come in a number of configurations, the floor plans to five of these units are shown below:

Amenities

Building Amenities

  • Bike Room
  • Laundry in Building
  • Full Time Doorman
  • Basement Storage
  • Garden


Bylaws

780 West End Avenue Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues No


  • Pets are welcome at 780 West End Avenue
  • Rentals are permitted
  • There are no age restrictions on the sale or rental of units
  • Barbecues are not permitted

Sustainability

780 West End Avenue was built long before any notions of sustainability. Its location makes it inherently sustainable since residents do not need to use a car for their commute.

The building itself is said to be sustainable since its has occupied this address for over one hundred years. A way to think about this is in the terms of recycling. When the building was converted to condominiums in 1988 it was essentially recycled. A new condominium building was created without the use of new building materials.

New York City also offers an extensive recycling program for all to utilize.[5]

Trivia

The Titanic disaster occurred on the same year that 780 West End Avenue opened
  • The year that 780 West End Avenue opened was supposed to be the year that the Titanic would sail into New York City on it maiden voyage. Of course, the outcome of this tragic event is well documented. The death toll of this tragedy is estimated to be between 1,500 and 1,650 passengers. The wreck site was discovered in 1985 by Dr. Robert Ballard. [6]

Twenty five years later Ballard revealed that the search for the Titanic was a cover story for the expeditions true purpose, to search for two sunken US Submarines. The United States feared that the USSR may have been behind the sinking of either the USS Scorpion or USS Thresher. Both nuclear submarines had been lost without a trace. After discovering the vessels Ballard had a twelve day window to locate the Titanic. [7].

  • The first aerial video of New York City was taken in 1912. It can be viewed through this link. [8]
  • The scale of the apartment houses erected on West End Avenue was determined by the requirements of the Tenement House Act of 1901. This law defined a tenement as any building housing three or more families living independently of one another and cooking separately. This definition applied equally to tenements built for the poor and apartment buildings erected for the wealthy.

Thus, the builders and architects of West End Avenue’s apartment buildings needed to follow the same requirements as those erecting multiple dwellings for poor immigrants on the Lower East Side. The law’s requirement that every room, including bathrooms and kitchens, have a window looking out onto a street, rear yard, or light court, and its rules for maximum lot coverage in order to guarantee light and air, influenced the shape of West End Avenue apartment buildings.


References

  1. Street Easy
  2. Elliman
  3. Trulia
  4. The New York Times
  5. New York City Department of Sanitation
  6. Wikipedia
  7. Telegraph
  8. New York aerial video 1912


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